Agents with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Small Business Administration and Tennesee Emergency Management Agency started their joint assessments of flood damage in Knox County on Wednesday.
Initial assessment numbers from the Knox County EMA showed that officials looked at 1,174 properties in the county reported with flood damage.
David Johnson, the district coordinator with TEMA, said the crews will be assessing all of Knox County in two days.
Johnson said FEMA and TEMA agents are able to look at the amount of damage to some properties by simply driving by. He said SBA agents will walk around and through businesses to assess the damage.
Businesses won’t be offered assistance through FEMA if the federal government declares a disaster. The SBA will be the federal agency that helps business owners.
Even though Knox County officials had already assessed properties and businesses and send their data to TEMA and FEMA, Johnson said a joint assessment is the next step for the federal government to possibly declare a disaster and offer assistance.
“Once we get all of the numbers in it’s got to go up and be reviewed in Nashville, then it’s got to go up to the federal government, then it’s got to be requested from the federal government for a presidential signature,” Johnson said.